> I strongly suggest, if you have some > free neurons and time and nothing's good on > tv, read Shannon's original paper. It's > utterly fucking brilliant. There's no doubt, > in Valhalla, Shannon shares a table with Einstein. > > It's sort of funny, he called it communication > theory, it was his disciples who popularized > 'information theory'.
Not funny at all. He worked for Bell Telephone. Duh! And indeed the original work DID have the major thrust of a theory of communication. Later the breakthrough nature of his ideas were recognized as having much wider general application in MANY at first seemingly unrelated fields. Hence the name with a wider swath: Information theory.
And yes Shannon's ideas on information including those on Cryptography (some probably still classified) definitely ARE "utterly fucking brilliant"!